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Protesters burn government office in Jumla

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JAJARKOT —

Protesters have set two government offices ablaze in Jumla on Monday as the agitation entered ninth day demanding a separate Karnali province with special rights.

Protesters defied curfew that DAO had imposed from 8:00 am and set District Post Office and Agriculture Research Council’s Bagwani Office ablaze. The Bagwani building was totally destroyed in arson.

Demonstrators also burnt the main gate of District Post Office, a motorbike parked there, two solar panels and documents house in DPO.

Jumla DSP Bishnu Hari Koirala said they failed to soak the fire, as protesters pelted them with stones and the police could not reach the Bagwani building on time.
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District Headquarters Khalanga remained tense throughout the day, as protesters defied curfew orders. Six agitators were injured when the police batons rained down on them. The condition of two of the injured is said to be critical.

Jumla DAO has issued shoot-at-sight orders for defying the curfew. Issuing a public notice, DAO requested that people in general not leave their homes during curfew hours.

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Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa narrowly escapes explosion at party rally

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HARARE — Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped injury in an explosion on Saturday which has rocked a stadium where Zimbabwe’s president was addressing a campaign rally, with state media calling it an assassination attempt but saying the president was not hurt.

President Mnangagwa was whisked to a state house in Bulawayo, where he had been speaking ahead of next month’s historic election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down.

The explosion occurred as the president, accompanied by other politicians, was walking off the stage at the White City stadium after addressing thousands of supporters in advance of next month’s vote.

Mnangagwa, the 75-year-old leader of ZANU-PF, was not hurt and taken to safety, officials said. However, witnesses said several people were injured, including the Vice-President.

Several others including number security personnel, the wife of fellow Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the environment minister and the deputy speaker of parliament also suffered wounds.

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